Saturday, April 17, 2004

Nicer Days for a Ride

Morning weigh-in (Friday) 176.5#, 14% body fat
Morning weigh-in (Saturday) 175.5#, 13% body fat

Went and saw Laurie Anderson last night at Lafayette's Williams Center for the Arts, not a performance but a lecture about what she's been doing lately (artist in residence at NASA, etc) and thinking about. Very interesting! I went with Doug & Lori, and Eric & Kris (we all had to sit separately though), and we all agreed we were mesmerized. Afterwards was dinner at Which Brew.

The last few days have been gorgeous. No run Thursday, but I got in a good ride after work, and ran & biked (benchmark, 1:25 time: not bad) yesterday. Off to the coffee shop, then the gym right now.

UPDATE: I am once again a legally licensed driver.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Nice Day for a Ride

Morning weigh-in: 176.5#, 12.5% body fat

No running this morning: I was up pretty late last night. I'll probably do a road ride tonight, it looks beautiful outside.

Taxes are done, car is fixed, and computer media problems are pretty much solved, but now I must deal with: sound card, driver's license, bills coming due again, laundry piling up (& clean stash is dwindling), and of course the house is a disaster. Also, my mountain bike is somewhere between Springdale UT and Bethlehem PA, but I still don't have the tracking number. Much has been done, but much still remains to be done.

By the way, I didn't mention this yesterday but on the way home last night I saw: a bunch of buzzards eating roadkill deer in a cornfield (a leftover from the fall -- yuck!), a tom turkey, a bunch of Canada geese and a herd of deer. Tonight I hope to spot some snipe, a gryphon and maybe a hippogator...

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Good News and Bad News

Morning weigh-in: 179#, 11.5% body fat (that's the bad news)

The good news is, there's no real problem with my smartcard USB connection. It just takes a few seconds for the hardware to reset itself & detect the reinserted memory chip, and then mounting is fine. Still have to solve the CD-RW situation though.

Ran two miles this morning, no riding planned for tonight. I'll probably go to the gym & spin tomorrow, and do a Hellertown hill ride on Friday if the weather is nice.

My weight problem, as always, comes down to diet. I think that careful dieting was the key to my weight loss earlier in the year, and diet backsliding is why, no matter how much I exercise, I'm not losing weight now -- my body is not so much strong or enduring, as it is efficient, and any physical stress I give it hardly distracts from its main goal of lipo-loading... So, I'm back on the food wagon as of today -- after last night's Which Brew dinner stop, to see Joe & show him my trip photos.

Anyway, back to work...

PS Tonight I finish my taxes -- rather, H&R Block will finish them.

UPDATE: Good news: looks like I got the CD-RW to work, though it's still not "drag & drop" the way I'd like -- & maybe never will be? Taxes are done, too. Next piece of bad news: just realized my driver's license expired on the 10th -- smooth move, Don! Oh well, deal with it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Situation Normal: back to the obsession(s)

Morning weigh-in: 178.5#, 10.5% body fat (dehydration?)

Took yesterday off (mainly because of sleep cycle issues) but ran 2 miles this morning, easy pace. Soon I'll have to start kicking in the harder, speed-building workouts. The week off was nice, but my legs were tired this morning.

I was kind of glad to see my weight wasn't too high; I was a little worried that despite the riding, the excess (actually, "excessive" would be the more correct word) calorie intake during vacation would put me way up. (We were joking that we should have another contest: "Lose the Flab from Moab.")

Was up late again last night, working on the computer. I want to burn some CD's, and found that my system only recognizes the CD-RW as read-only. I must recompile the kernel to add a special IDE-SCSI module, then reconfigure LILO to recognize the CD as a SCSI device, and then tweak /etc/fstab. Meantime, I find that if you mount & unmount the USB memory chip, remove the chip & replace it, any further attempts to remount will fail. (However, I did find that adding the Windows partition to /etc/fstab allows non-root write access.) Looks like my Linux "voyage of discovery" continues...

Monday, April 12, 2004

Sunday, April 11, 2004

I'm Baaaaaack!

Back from vacation, that is. Great time in Moab and other locations throughout southern Utah -- Red Canyon (near Bryce Canyon) and Springdale (near Zion National Park) to be more specific. Great riding, OK weather, plenty o'good times but now it's over. More on this, plus maybe pictures, later in the week. Also, I celebrated my birthday out West: I'm now 41 years old. In a few more years I'll be an adult...